Friday, January 27, 2012
Dress It Up!
Hello Friday! I am soooo glad you are here finally. I'm hoping for some sleep in time this weekend! Speaking of sleep, we got this pillow top thing for the bed...Tony's plan, not really mine and I'm having the hardest time sleeping with it. It's like sleeping on marshmallow for me. We have a heavy comforter on top and the marshmallow think on the bottom...I'm getting lost in all this fluff and can't turn over. The worst part, Tony is sleeping better with it. Ugh, finding the bedding balance after being married for almost 17 years...

Anyway, as for the title of this post, let's dress up some salad!  Truth be told, I normally go for mustard, hot sauce, over easy eggs or hummus when it comes to dressing. Well, I finally purchased a jar of Marmite a few weeks ago and I started playing with it. I love the stuff straight up, but I wanted to make something a little different to go with my salad and socca this time. 

Marmite is no joke when it comes to flavor and texture. 

Think thick molasses texture with a bite like worsteshire sauce. I think that's a good way to describe it. In other words...AMAZING! Oh and super loaded with B vitamins! Bonus! Heather, Lindsay, Kristina and Christin, you ladies know what I'm talking about!

I've been taking shots of apple cider vinegar thanks to the suggestions from my favorite twins, but I figured if I could make the stuff taste better by using it in my dressing, why not?!

Tomato Dressing
(1 serving)

1/3 cup tomato sauce
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1/4 - 1/2 tsp marmite
dash of garlic powder
dash of onion powder

Shake it all up!




Dressed up!

This dressing is really creamy and a little bit salty with a tang. YUM!

These days, I go for some socca on the side toasted up for my croutons. I love it! I changed this one up a bit by adding oatmeal and I loved the crunch and the slight whole grain sweetness. It definitely complemented the tangy dressing on my salad!

Socca Flatbread
(makes one)

1/2 cup chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 cup quick oats or oat flour (make sure it's gluten free)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder (optional)
1/4 tsp onion powder (optional
3/4 cup warm water
pepper and salt for the top

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a 9 inch cake pan coated with olive oil (I use the olive oil spray). Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top. Bake for 15-55 minutes depending on how crispy you want it. Remove from pan.

Have a great Friday!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 6:30 AM  
  • At January 27, 2012 at 8:33 AM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

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  • At January 27, 2012 at 9:14 AM, Blogger Tip Top Shape said…

    I've always wanted to try marmite but I'm a scaredy cat! I just remember a scene from Secret Diary of a Call Girl where the main girl is eating it and her friend is like, "Ew, how can you like that?"

  • At January 27, 2012 at 9:28 AM, Anonymous Emily (Edible Psychology) said…

    Hi Sarena,

    Happy Friday!

    I know most people love or hate marmite, but I have to admit...I couldn't quite decide what I thought when I tried it. This salad dressing might just tempt me to try it again - looks wonderful!

    Hope you get caught up on sleep this weekend. :-)


  • At January 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    haha love the bed issues, Gary and I are now fighting for the covers, I guess I am a cover stealer, I would have to disagree haha

    and we have seen that marmite around before, so now we are even more intrigued to give it a try!

  • At January 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM, Anonymous Kalinda said…

    I've never tried Marmite, but I've seen it at a couple stores recently and was really tempted to buy some. I have a feeling I'll love it and my husband will think it's incredibly gross. You'll have to let us know of any more experiments.

  • At January 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM, Blogger Emily said…

    Happy Friday, Sarena! I've been wanting to try Marmite for a while. Can't beat the B12!

  • At January 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    My ex had a pillowtop and I absolutely loved it! Maybe even more than him... sad but true...

    And I am so with you on sleep! Tomorrow morning I plan to be a lady of leisure!

    Have a great weekend, Sarena!

  • At January 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    I've never tried marmite, but have always been curious!!

    Have a great weekend!!

  • At January 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    The dressing looks great---I've never had marmite, but only because I didn't really know what it was!
    Definitely will buy it if I ever see it in the store!

  • At January 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM, Blogger HEAB said…

    Marmite fans unite!

    I keep meaning to buy more chickpea flour to make your socca pizza crust for one, and I am loving the sound of this recipe as well - I bet the oats add a really nice texture.

  • At January 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    You know, I've never even looked for marmite. I really should check it out. Anything to get those B's in right? The dressing looks great as does the socca of course.

    Jason and I ended up getting a pillow top mattress and it's comfy when you first crawl into bed, but it's way too soft for me as a stomach sleeper. Maybe one of those beds where you adjust the pressure on each side individually is really and truly an awesome invention???

  • At January 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    i love you even more now for this recipe. I can't wait to try it with vegemite too. WOW!

  • At January 27, 2012 at 5:15 PM, Anonymous Heather said…

    Your socca looks like corn bread? Is it similar in texture?

  • At January 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Heather - No, not really the same in texture. More like a cracker/flat bread. I really like the addition of oatmeal though. It makes it taste more like a whole grain cracker. I like to toast it up too, so I'll take it out of the pan and toast it longer.

  • At January 28, 2012 at 1:01 AM, Anonymous Kristina said…

    Mmm, just got a new jar today - a BIG one! I need to try this dressing - I have been making a tomato based dressing lately, but never thought of marmite!! Yum...

    Jason arrived today - he has been gone all week, so NOW Basil and I will get some sleep! we never sleep as well when J is gone. hope you sleep tonight - and get used to the pillowtop soon :)

  • At January 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM, Anonymous kickpleat said…

    I love the sound of this - sweet and tangy and super interesting! Years ago I bought a tiny little jar of marmite but never used it up (my plan was to make a vegetarian french onion soup). I'm sure it's long gone from my cupboards now, but maybe I should pick up another jar!

  • At January 30, 2012 at 1:00 AM, Anonymous STUFT Mama said…

    Well that dressing just looks delicious!!!! :) I've never tried marmite and one of these days need to get brave and try it! :) If you like it, I bet I would (you know, since we like all the same things and all). :)
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend friend!

  • At February 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM, Anonymous Christin@purplebirdblog said…

    YES, YES, AND YES! Marmite is so effing delicious, and your dressing sounds perfect!!

    Oh and in case you can't tell, I'm catching up on your posts at home so I can actually comment! ;)

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